What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten?

2nd Edition

What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten?

By:  Oppenheimer, Sharifa

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EDUCATION / Early Childhood (incl. Preschool & Kindergarten)

Here is the perfect companion to Sharifa Oppenheimer's Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children, which answers the initial and most pressing questions of new parents of young children. Inevitably, a big decision arises: How and where should my child be educated? The authors featured in What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten? describe from experience the numerous aspects of the "Steiner school" approach to early childhood education.

Readers learn the priciples behind the Waldorf kindergarten methods and the practical ways they are applied by teachers in the classroom. Throughout the book, we are guided by the sure and compassionate hand of longtime kindergarten teacher Sharifa Oppenheimer (author of the bestselling Heaven on Earth) as she introduces the authors and each topic.

There is a confusing array of educational approaches to early education today, and this book serves to clarify one of the most dynamic and successful ways to start young children on their path of education and life in the world. This book offers an invaluable resource for parents of young children!

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Joan Almon


Introductions by Sharifa Oppenheimer

1. A Day in the Life of the Kindergarten, by Ingeborg Schöttner
2. Handwork in the Kindergarten, by Dora Dolder
3. Human Development through Art, by Freya Jaffke
4. Circle Time in the Kindergarten, by Nancy Foster
5. Fairy Tales and the Image of the Human Being, by Helmut von Kügelglen
6. Choosing Fairy Tales for Different Ages, by Joan Almon
7. The Seasons and Their Festivals, by Joan Almon


Introductions by Sharifa Oppenheimer

1. Stages of Development in Early Childhood, by Freya Jaffke
2. Kindergarten Education with Mixed-age Groups, by Freya Jaffke
3. The Significance of Imitation in the Development oft he Will, by Freya Jaffke
4. Considerantions about Kindergarten Readiness, by Joan Almon

Afterword: “Meeting the Needs of the Times,” by Cynthia K. Aldinger

Sharifa Oppenheimer was the founding teacher of the Charlottesville Waldorf School where she taught kindergarten for twenty-one years, and is the founder and director of The Rose Garden, a home based early childhood program in Virginia. She has helped develop new teachers through mentoring and offering practicum and internship opportunities to the teacher-training students at Sunbridge College in New York, as well as students in the LifeWays trainings. Sharifa travels nationally and internationally, offering lectures and workshops to teachers, school and parent groups, encouraging each one to discover their own healthy, heartfelt Family Culture. Sharifa is the mother of three grown sons, who were educated in the Waldorf tradition. She lives with her husband in an enchanted forest in Virginia. Sharifa Oppenheimer is the author of the bestselling book Heaven on Earth A Handbook for Parents of Young Children (SteinerBooks, 2006), which has been translated into Taiwanese and Chinese and is also a bestseller in those countries. She also worked collaboratively to create the book What is a Waldorf Kindergarten (SteinerBooks, 2007).